Why we're here:
This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast television programmes then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

Friday, 22 July 2016

BBC Blasted for Having 5,000 Job Titles

Strangely enough, "Bad News Burier", "Freedom of Information Obfuscator" and "Public Money Pisser" don't currently feature.

An article by The Sun (ex-DM) journalist Paul Revoir reveals that the bloated BBC has five times more job titles than a company its size should have.

Five years ago the BBC was slated for having 4,500 job titles, but in the intervening years it has somehow managed to acquire an extra 500, including:
  • Senior Change Manager
  • Solution Architect
  • Reward Project Analyst
  • Thematic Research Manager
  • Lead Platform Architect
  • Talent, Learning and Organisation Development Manager
  • Jupiter System Specialist
Jonathan Isaby of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "Transparency at the Beeb is absolutely crucial to make sure these countless job titles don’t end up masking duplicate roles at the expense of hard-pressed licence fee-payers. Far too often people have no idea what these fancy titles actually mean. That cannot be right."

A BBC spokesman said: "We’re creating a simpler, leaner BBC which means we need fewer senior managers and can focus as much money as possible on programmes and services rather than everyday running costs."

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Role of G4S in TV Licensing Sales

"We called", goes the menacing tone of a TV Licensing calling card.

But did they really?

The BBC TV Licensing operations contractor, Capita Business Services Ltd, is responsible for the majority of customer-facing TV licence administration and enforcement work. Part of its role is to visit unlicensed properties and "encourage", by fair means or foul, the occupiers to purchase a TV licence, irrespective of their legal need to do so.

With only 300 TV Licensing visiting goons across the UK it is a bit of a struggle to get around the 1.5 million homes without a valid TV licence. To that end Capita sub-contracts security giant G4S to perform a significant proportion of the donkey work on its behalf. G4S, as you might remember from its abysmal handling of the London 2012 Olympics and private sector prisons, is utterly incompetent in the same manner as Capita.

Thanks to information recently released by the BBC, we know that G4S carried out 843,497 of these visits in the 12 months to 31st March 2015. Only 1.9% of G4S visits generated a TV licence sale, which compares to the 16.1% sales yield achieved by Capita-employed goons.

So why do G4S goons sell far fewer TV licences than their Capita counterparts? Well, in our opinion there are three main reasons:
  • Firstly, and very significantly, Capita-employed goons are expected, as a basic condition of employment, to drum up as many TV licence sales as humanly possible. Indeed they can earn lucrative commission payments by doing so, which we suggest results in them hard-selling TV licences to people who don't legally need them.
  • Secondly, G4S goons only engage in passive TV Licensing visits. This means they sneak up to the front door of the unlicensed property, surrepticiously slide a calling card through the letter box and then immediately slink away in retreat. They do not engage with the occupier in the same way Capita-employed goons do, so are far less likely to scare the occupier into buying a TV licence they don't legally need.
  • Finally, a Capita-employed goon is able to generate a sale immediately at the time of visit, whereas a G4S goon cannot do that. A TV licence sale can only be attributed to G4S if the occupier, having received a G4S dropped calling card, subsequently buys a TV licence as a result of that card. For obvious reasons people are far less likely to act on the receipt of a calling card than they are the aggressive threats of a TV Licensing goon on their doorstep.
Supposing a G4S goon does visit your unlicensed property, then rest assured they are only there to drop off a calling card. They are not in a position to gather evidence for TV Licensing.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Enjoy the Rio 2016 Olympics TV Licence Free

With just over a fortnight until the Rio 2016 Olympics gets underway, we thought it would be a prudent opportunity to remind everyone how to enjoy the coverage without a TV licence.

Rio 2016 kicks off, appropriately enough, with women's football on 3rd August 2016.

As sure as eggs is eggs TV Licensing's massed army of PR harlots will be poised ready to issue shit-scary (not) threats about the consequences of tuning into the action without a valid TV licence.

You can be fairly confident they'll talk about £1,000 fines (that never happen), enforcement officers that call anytime of the day (when they don't) and criminal records (that aren't really recorded anywhere). They might even mention the menacing (not) prospect of search warrants (that are hardly ever used) and detector vans (that are used even less).

As always, we remind readers that a TV licence is required for any property where they intend to receive "live" (as broadcast) coverage of any of the Olympic events.

Fortunately, there remains a myriad of perfectly legal ways to enjoy the coverage licence-free.

Here are just a few:

1. Watch it non-live on a catch up service: You do not need a licence to enjoy previously broadcast non-live coverage on the BBC's iPlayer for example. Be aware that from 1st September 2016 a TV licence will be required to watch non-live coverage on the BBC iPlayer, but not the online catch-up services offered by other providers.
2. Watch live at a friend's place: If they've got a TV licence you could go and watch their telly instead. If you didn't want to impose you could take your laptop around and stream live TV via their broadband connection.
3. Watch live at the pub/club: I'm reliably informed by student friends that you can nurture a soft drink for at least two hours if you sip it slowly. That's just enough time to see the marathon.
4. Watch live at your local electrical retailer: Electrical retailers do not need a TV licence for their display sets. If you're a bit of a cheapskate you could visit Currys and watch the best events there.
5. Watch online somewhere with free wifi. The business providing the free wifi service is probably covered by a valid TV licence, but even if they aren't there's no reasonable prospect of being pounced on by a TV Licensing goon that happens to pass by. They're all far too busy harassing soft targets like single mums, the disabled and the unemployed.
6. Become a TV engineer: If you're a TV fixer-upper then you do not need a TV licence to test equipment you're working on.
7. Visit the big screen: Big screens will be showing live Olympics coverage in cities across the UK. Wrap up warm, take a few tinnies and watch 'til your heart's content.

In common with the London 2012, the BBC will be live streaming every event on its website. Don't quote me on this, but they have absolutely no way of knowing whether you really do have a TV licence when you're watching online.

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